Liverpool’s new signing Ozan Kabak has shared that the details of his behind-the-scenes conversations with teammate Virgil van Dijk.
Kabak, 20, joined the Reds in the mid-season transfer window, making four appearances so far.
The Turkey international is a young centre-back that arrived at Anfield to try plug a hole in a sizeable gap in defence due to several injuries this campaign.
He’s played in the last four consecutive matches across all competitions and is adapting to his first taste of English football.
Kabak has claimed he’s been discussing defensive tactics in discussions with Liverpool’s Van Dijk, who is regarded by many as the best centre-back in the world despite being sidelined through injury since October.
“I have met with him. He is a really nice guy, a top person – like his talent! He gave me a lot of help and tips about football. Now he is in rehabilitation but I hope he will be back soon and he will help us on the pitch also,” Kabak said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“I am looking forward to playing with him, of course, in the defence. He gave me some advice about how Liverpool plays in defence and how we have a high line, so he gave me some tips about how Liverpool play.
“It’s little things but of course it helps when you play, when you defend. He is such an experienced guy and his words are very valuable for me.”
Liverpool’s title defence is in tatters and the fight is now on to try finish in the top four.
There have been plenty of defining moments in their poor season so far, but surely none more important than losing Dutchman Van Dijk last October.
Kabak couldn’t ask for a better mentor than 29-year-old Van Dijk, who has been seen back on the training pitches as he works his way back from his long-term injury issue and will help the new signing try to fit the demands of manager Jurgen Klopp.